Friday, October 07, 2011

The Paris Wife

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
Historical Fiction

This novel/biography is from the point of view of Hadley Richardson, Ernest Hemingway's first wife. It depicts the time line of meeting in Chicago, travelling to Paris, having a child in Toronto and back to Paris.

The author has managed to capture the characters and the ambiance of the 1920s. Nowadays we have our 'bad' celebs like Paris Hilton. This story takes the reader on a journey of how two people in love degrade into these 'bad' people along with the others of the time like Gertrude Stein and Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

The reader does not know whether to feel sorry for Hadley and her love and support of the larger than life Hemingway or wring her neck over her seeming 'wimpiness'.
McLain brought the characters to life and made me first google about Hemingway's life and second want to read some of his novels a second time.

First Line: "Though I often looked for one, I finally had to admit that there could be no cure for Paris."


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